National Senior Center Month

Find balance at your center!

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September is National Senior Center Month—your opportunity to showcase your senior center and promote a positive image of aging.Senior Center Month 2016

The 2016 theme is: Find Balance at Your Center!

This September, the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) invites you to celebrate the many ways your participants Find Balance at Your Center as part of National Senior Center Month 2016!

Every day, older adults find balance and whole person wellness at senior centers. Showcase the opportunities that you provide for older adults to be engaged physically, mentally, and emotionally in your community.

You can help NISC promote the important work your center does as well! Share success stories of how your center positively affected older adults using our Senior Center Success Stories form. Check out some materials that have already been shared here.

Senior Center Month materials

  • Program Guide: These tips can help you plan memorable programming for National Senior Center Month. This guide is available to all!

The following materials are available only to NISC members as part of National Senior Center Month 2016!

  • Publicity Guide: Use this a step-by-step media plan with timelines to capture awareness and promote community involvement and support for your celebration.
  • Poster: Bring recognition to your center with the 2015 poster, which can be customized by inserting photos of seniors participating in your activities.
  • Thank You Card: Thank everyone who participates in your events.

NISC members can request these materials by contacting NISC Member Services at


Our national celebration of senior centers began in 1979, with Senior Center Week celebrated in May. The concept gained support of other aging organizations, as well as the full Senate and the House Select Committee on Aging.

Thanks to the U.S. Conference of Mayors Aging Task Force, numerous mayoral proclamations celebrated Senior Center Week. In 1985, NISC was instrumental in achieving the first Senior Center Week Presidential Proclamation signed by President Ronald Reagan. In 2007, NISC designated the entire month of September as Senior Center Month to give centers greater flexibility in scheduling celebratory events.

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